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BCTC-NARA student Lauralea Glaser will represent the United States at Prix Longines Future Racing Stars in June

LEXINGTON, KY Lauralea Glaser has been selected to represent the North American Racing Academy (NARA), which is based at Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) in Lexington, KY, in the 2015 Longines Future Racing Stars on Sunday, June 14. Lauralea will join 12 of the worlds most talented young jockeys in this international race on Frances most prestigious race day, the Prix de Diane Longines.

The jockeys from nine different nations Australia, England, France, Japan, Ireland, Germany, South Africa, Turkey and the United States, will meet for the first time on the racecourse in front of an audience of 40,000 spectators hoping to gain victory and bring home the Prix Longines Future Racing Stars.

All competing jockeys have trained in the worlds top racing schools, are under the age of 25 and have won between three and 35 races. Glaser trained at NARA, obtaining her certificate in Equine Studies with a focus on riding, and will be coached by NARA Executive Director Remi Bellocq.

The objective of this race is to promote future rising stars in racing and for them to demonstrate their savoir-faire in flat racing to a worldwide audience. The 1800 meters flat race is worth 20,000 euros of which 10,000 euros will go to the winner.

This will be the 166th edition of an event that is renowned as the most elegant in the racing calendar. The highlight of the day will be the world renowned Prix de Diane Longines, the worlds largest filly race which takes place annually at Chantillys racecourse. Eight other flat races for thoroughbreds will also be featured. Longines ambassador of elegance, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, will be present for the event and will award the prize to the most elegantly dressed Mademoiselle of the day.

PARTICIPATING JOCKEYS

France Pierre Bazire
Jefferson Smith
GB Rowan Scott
Rob Hornby
Ireland Donagh OConnor
Josh Doyle
Germany Tomasso Scardino
Luisa Steudle
USA Lauralea Glaser
Australia Beau Mertens
South Africa Mathew Thackeray
Japan Yuya Mizuguchi
Turkey Burak Averbak

For more information about the Prix de Diane, go to www.prix-de-diane.com.

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About NARA

NARA is the first professional jockey school in the United States. It teaches students the fundamentals of professional race riding and horse care. NARA offers an associate degree and certificate programs in Equine Studies. Students can take one of two paths: the Exercise Rider/Jockey Pathway program located at the Thoroughbred Training Center, and the Horsemans Pathway program located at Locust Trace Agriscience Center. For more information about NARA, please go to: http://bluegrass.kctcs.edu/NARA.

Bluegrass Community amp; Technical College offers certificates, diplomas and associate degrees designed to improve employment opportunities and maximize success in education and training. For more information about the college and its programs, go to http://www.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/.